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Lowell Catholic 8th-graders Honored

Lowell Catholic recently celebrated the first graduating class of its Elementary Division with the 8th Grade Achievement Celebration.

After opening remarks by Head of School Maryellen DeMarco and a student welcome by eighth-grader Nikolas Smith, students and their families enjoyed a luncheon.

Dan Price, associate principal of elementary education, recognized students who excelled in several academic courses and awarded certificates for outstanding contributions in the classroom. Awards were also presented for achievements in standardized testing, and Presidential Education Awards were given for overall educational excellence.

Lowell Catholic, because it is a Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School, has a mission of building a student's strong sense of character and personal development. In honor of those values, several new awards were created to recognize students who most stood out among their class.

The Spirit of the Class Award was presented to Antonia Mukiibi for being positive, joyful and supportive to all of her classmates.

The St. Joseph the Worker Award was presented to Lena Lam of Lowell for her extraordinary effort in the classroom.

The St. Margaret Legacy Award was presented to Katherine McMahon of Lowell for demonstrating charity, strong character and commitment to unity, much like St. Margaret of Scotland.

The Franco American Legacy Award was awarded to Caitlin Tully of Lowell, who demonstrated respect and care for others, accepts all students, and uses her gifts to serve others.

The final award, the Xaverian Award, was presented to Rowan Ruggiero for his consistent demonstration of the Xaverian values of simplicity, humility, compassion, zeal and trust.

The eighth-grade class also enjoyed a class dinner/dance and a class trip to Canobie Lake Park. Graduation took place at Saint Margaret's Church on June 5, with 28 members of Lowell Catholic Elementary School's class of 2017.

LC Hands out Top Awards

LOWELL -- The senior recognition night for the Lowell Catholic High School Class of 2017 offers seniors and their families an opportunity to celebrate as a community and honor their achievements.

Harris Varnum, a senior from Dracut, opened the banquet with a reflection and grace.

Michael Zawadski of Dracut, editor of the Legacy, then presented this year's yearbook dedication to Rick Thorne, a longtime staff member.

The 28th graduating class of LC received cords of distinction that were worn with their graduation robes, as well as acknowledgment of their participation in co-curricular clubs and activities. Students received numerous scholarships and awards.

Four of the most esteemed awards Lowell Catholic presents at the event are the Salutatorian, Valedictorian, St. Francis Xavier and St. Francis of Assisi Awards.

The Valedictorian Award went to William Small of Tewksbury, who achieved the highest grade-point average of the Class of 2017 with a 4.3. He plans to attend St. Anselm College and pursue a double major of History and Education.

Graduating with a GPA of 4.1, Kyle Mehan of Dracut received the Salutatorian Award. He plans to attend UMass Lowell in the fall.

Ariana Vitorino of Dracut received the Saint Francis Xavier Award, presented to a student who has helped to spread the message of the Gospel and the mission of Lowell Catholic to the greater community. The recipient is a student who exemplifies the Xaverian charism and lives out the spiritual values of trust, humility, simplicity, compassion and zeal.

Finally, the Saint Francis of Assisi Award -- the most meaningful award Lowell Catholic can bestow upon a graduate -- was presented to Michael Zawadski. The award is

presented each year to a graduating senior who administrators and teachers believe epitomizes the values that Lowell Catholic, in the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi, strive to instill in our students.

LC Visits MIT for Hands on Learning

LOWELL -- Lowell Catholic eighth-graders traveled to MIT in Cambridge recently to take part in a Science and Engineering workshop.

MIT's Edgerton Outreach program was founded in 1996 and seeks to cultivate curiosity and a sense of accomplishment among young students. In the science labs of MIT, Lowell Catholic students participated in active learning through the hands-on, minds-on approach to teaching.

"The MIT teacher was amazing at breaking down the process of mitosis and meiosis in a very simple relatable way that really helped to reinforce the LC classroom lessons," Lexi Guinard said.

"It was interesting to be on a college campus and also playing with toys to illustrate the scientific concept of dominant and recessive traits and population fluctuation," Lexi's lab partner, Caitlin Tully, said.

"I really enjoyed working with a lab partner," D.J. Brooks said. "It was particularly fascinating because, as we talked about how genes are manipulated and come together in our DNA, we created unique little Lego fish by following a color-coded set of instructions. Because my partner was actually color-blind, it literally illustrated the difference in our genetic sequence, and the exercise showed us how those changes happen."

Like MIT, Lowell Catholic believes in engaging children in the classroom and active learning. If you are interested in learning more about Lowell Catholic Elementary School, visit www.lowellcatholic.org/admissions.


Lowell Catholic will host an information night for seventh- and eighth-graders and their families who are interested in learning more about Lowell Catholic High School. Register online at www.lowellcatholic.org/LCinfonight.

New Honor Society Members at LC

Integral to the mission of Lowell Catholic is the perpetual drive for academic excellence. On Thursday May 4th, Lowell Catholic High School students and their families attended the Honors Night Ceremony which included inductions into the National Honor Society D’Youville Chapter, Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica Diego Velasquez Chapter, Societe Honoraire Francaise, and the National Latin Honor Society. Jacob Desruisseaux, LC ’17, President of the National Honor Society led the assembly in prayer to commence the event. Several scholarships were presented to students who maintained a high standard of academic achievement and other noteworthy qualities. LC’s jazz band performed a musical interlude directed by Mr. Leon Grande. Jacqueline Andrews, LC ’18, President – Elect of the National Honor Society presented the closing prayer and a reception followed. For a complete listing, or to donate to a Lowell Catholic scholarship fund, please visit www.lowellcatholic.org.


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